Friday, October 13, 2017

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Grant For Botetourt YMCA

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced it has awarded a $50,000 grant to YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge to support its campaign to build a YMCA in Botetourt County.  The facility will have over 43,000 square feet of health and wellness space, including an eight lane lap pool.  There will also be a warm water recreation and therapy pool, state of the art fitness equipment, three group exercise studios, and a basketball gymnasium with an elevated track.

“The grant from Foundation for Roanoke Valley is incredibly impactful to our campaign and came at just the right time.  The Foundation’s support of the Y will be a difference maker for families and kids in the Botetourt community for years to come,” says Mark Johnson, President, YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

“The Foundation has Basic Human Needs and Education as two of its priority funding areas, and this campaign clearly addresses our focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, nutrition and improved fitness and providing after-school and summer educational programs,” says Michelle Eberly, Program Officer for Foundation for Roanoke Valley, “We are thrilled to be in a position to support the Y’s vision in bringing the Botetourt Family YMCA to the community.”

To learn more about the Botetourt County YMCA, please visit

Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the region’s community foundation, has served the Roanoke Valley for more than 29 years and currently administers more than 320 named endowment funds established by individuals and families on behalf of the community. Unrestricted endowments are particularly powerful as they provide the Foundation with the flexibility over time to seek out and fund highly-effective programs across a wide-range of community needs.  Individuals interested in establishing their own personal or family legacy through an unrestricted endowment or any of the many types of endowment funds offered by the community foundation should visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at or call 985-0204. # # #